GA Update for Friday, April 9 - Archived

Unitarian Universalist Association Virtual General Assembly in June 2021
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New this year: financial aid for General Assembly will be distributed via self-selection. If you need to take advantage of sliding scale pricing, please use one of the cost reduction options available during registration.
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The Credential Manager is now open and your congregation can begin distributing member delegate credentials for General Assembly. Credentials allow member delegates registered for GA, to vote on business matters. Congregations are responsible for assigning credentials to member delegates only. Eligible ministers and religious educators can retrieve their delegate credentials via
Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom is the Senior Minister of the First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee, where she preaches, teaches, and organizes for social justice. In 2018, Justice on Earth: People of Faith Working at the Intersections of Race, Class and the Environment, which she co-edited with the Rev. Manish Mishra-Marzetti, was chosen as the UUA’s national common read. In 2017, the group Jennifer used to lead with the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom won the Nobel Peace Prize for its work to establish an international treaty banning nuclear weapons.
Reverend Shari Halliday-Quan is the Senior Minister of the First Unitarian Church of Rochester, NY. Shari has spent most of the last fifteen years in New York City and during that time received a BA in Economics at Fordham University and a Masters of Divinity at Union Theological Seminary. Prior to beginning as senior minister of First Unitarian Church of Rochester in August of 2019, Shari trained at and served congregations, hospitals, and community settings in San Francisco, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and the Bronx.
Young Adult Revival Network
This year’s closing celebration will be led by core members of the Young Adult Revival Network (YARN) Worship Team. Worship leaders for this closing celebration include Roddy Biggs, Kamila Jacob, Mya Wade-Harper, Beth Kopay, Sam King, and Emily Garrick. At its core, YARN is a project to rebuild the continental UU Young Adult community. Its mission is to foster and support inclusive, celebratory, Unitarian Universalist spaces that connect young adults; to recognize intersectional identities and places of privilege and oppression; to create & share resources to build connections, grow community, and actively engage in anti-racist & anti-oppressive efforts around the world while living the Seven Principles and striving to realize the Eighth Principle. For more information on YARN and its various ministries and programs visit
the ya@ga staff team
From our Young Adults at General Assembly staff to the wider Unitarian Universalist Community:
This is a turning moment in our country, world, faith, and young adult movement. Youth and young adults have long taken important leadership from times of crisis to times of change with radical and bold faithful courage. Our generation of young adult leaders are changing the face of our shared tradition, and rethinking and revisioning the way we do young adult ministry and how we engage across our generations. We are working on transforming ourselves and our faith with resilience, urgency, and a deep commitment to the values and communities that are at the center of our religion.
As a team, the change-making and vision-building we hope to foster are built on the values we have instilled into our covenant. We are engaging ourselves as a living community capable of vulnerability and growth, keeping strong faith in the goodness and power of one another, and holding radical space for folx existing in the margins. This year, we are changing the way we create and build young adult ministry at General Assembly by leaning into the principles of emergence. We are creating a community that will sustain us in the critical fights we have ahead of us. With deep love in our hearts, we are working on developing emergent programming for this year’s GA.
We are thrilled to introduce you to our 2021 Young Adults at General Assembly Staff!
Thanks to sponsorship support from UUA Ministries and Faith Development – LGBTQ and Multicultural Programs Team, the Virtual GA Pride Drag Show returns! Register for GA and plan to join Rev. Presha Mann (Rev. Marcus Fogliano), our most fabulous host, for an evening of joy and fun!
Attention Queens and Kings: Upload a 3-to-5-minute video of your drag performance by Thursday, May 27. Selected videos will premiere Friday evening, June 25 at 5:30 PDT / 6:30 MDT / 7:30 CDT / 8:30 EDT. $50 compensation will be offered per original submission, plus tips via Venmo and CashApp.
A collection of colorful banners of UU Congregations
The banner parade is a GA institution, and this year we are excited to bring this tradition into a virtual format. We invite you to submit a high-resolution photo of your congregation’s banner in portrait-style (vertical). Banners will be shown as a slideshow video, accompanied with music and some introductions from our regional leaders. Submitted photos will also be uploaded to the GA app. We can’t wait to see your banners online and celebrate our congregations far and wide!
Submit your banner photo by Friday, April 30.
What is the ideal length of time for a web meeting or webinar?
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I could go forever
What is your favorite spring activity?
▇ Gardening 43%
▇ Hiking 31%
▇ Surviving allergy season 12%
▇ Singing in the Rain 8%
▇ Spring cleaning 6%
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